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26 May, 2019 09:14:16 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 26 May, 2019 02:35:21 PM
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Massive crowds at Kamalapur, Airport stations

STAFF REPORTER, Dhaka
Massive crowds at Kamalapur, Airport stations

Massive crowd of ticket-seekers were seen at Kamalapur and Airport railway stations yesterday (Saturday) when tickets for June 3 were being sold. Ticket-seekers gathered at the stations in huge numbers for the fourth consecutive day. Some people turned up in the wee hours of Saturday before the counters opened. The crowd overflowed out of the stations. Working people residing in the capital want to go home on June 3.

People also faced problems to get tickets online through the “Rail Sheba” app as it failed to work for the past three days. The app was supposed to have sold 50 per cent of the day’s quota, which amounts to 13,350 tickets.

Some said they could manage to buy tickets through the app, but others said they could not. After eating "Sehri", many people came to the station as they failed to buy tickets online and many were already standing in the line before "Sehri". By 9 am, the line reached the CNG auto-rickshaw stand outside Kamalapur station.

However, the authorities said the server was running smoothly. There was a problem the previous day as the server was a "little bit down".  A ticket-seeker at

Kamalapur station, Khaibur Jha, told The Independent that he has purchased June 3 tickets for Khulna.

A private banker, Muktar Ali, told The Independent that he got tickets around 11:00 am after waiting for nearly 12 hours. “I would not have to waste my valuable time had I been able to buy tickets online,” he added.

Abdul Khaleq was standing in the line at around 11 am for a ticket of the Dinajpur-bound Ekota Express. He said he stood in the line in the wee hours but still had not reached the ticket counter. “I do not know whether I will get the ticket,” he added.

Kamalapur railway station manager Sitangshu Chakrabarty told The Independent that most ticket-seekers usually prefer to purchase tickets two days before Eid. “Maybe that is the reason for the mad rush. The server is running quite smoothly today and 10,000 tickets have been sold till 12 noon.”

Munir-Uz-Zaman Chowdhury, managing director of the Computer Network Systems (CNS), which provides online ticketing service on behalf of the railway, said: “We are trying our best to sell all tickets that are supposed to be sold online in one day.

Tickets for June 4 will be available on Sunday. Return tickets for June 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 will be available on May 29, 30, 31, June 1 and 2, respectively, according to the Bangladesh Railway.

BK

 

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